Wow. Let me just take a moment to say thank you to everyone who commented or emailed me about this series. You guys are amazing. And honest. And inspiring. It’s hard to talk about something so personal on a blog…but you guys have made it easy. I can’t thank you enough for your encouraging words.
So, what are my future breastfeeding plans?
I did learn a lot from all of you. Many of you said you put your pump parts in the refrigerator between pumping sessions so that you don’t have to wash them. Genius. There is no reason why I don’t do this….other than it totally didn’t occur to me. Alternatively: I don’t want cold parts on my boobs.
Also, remember, it is a federal requirement that all employers with more than 50 employees must provide pumping mothers with reasonable time and a private place, that is not a bathroom, to express milk.
I have to admit…I was probably more prepared to breastfeed than the average new mom. I grew up pro-breastfeeding, I did my research, I had a great support system, I had access to lactation services, and most importantly I had a really strong desire to make it work. And yet I still struggled. I felt nervous, scared, and overwhelmed. And although I loved my baby and knew that breastfeeding was best, I didn’t know if I would be able to do it. But guess what….I did. Breastfeeding just comes naturally to me. But I know that it hasn’t been that way for everyone. I know so many of you have struggled. And not been supported. And had to face obstacles that I haven’t. And let me say this right now….I applaud you. Regardless of how (or if) you breastfeed your baby….you are a good mom. I know you are. And guess what? Your baby thinks so too.